Growing your own food

Edible gardens

7 good reasons for why you should grow your own food in the city

There are many reasons why you might want to start up your own urban food garden, for example:

  • to eat fresh, unsprayed vegetables;
  • to enjoy great-tasting home-grown food;
  • to save on household costs;
  • to find relaxation and stimulation in the great outdoors;
  • to build better contact with your neighbours;
  • to show your children that radishes don’t come from a factory, and that carrots don’t grow on trees;
  • to indulge your passion for gardening!

How do you start growing food in the city?

When you think of a vegetable plot, a huge tract of land with rows of crops might come to mind. However an edible garden can be just as small as you want. You can create a veggie garden on your balcony, or even on your windowsill. If you have no garden of your own, you could create a community garden together with your neighbours on an empty bit of land. Or you could rent a little plot at a communal garden, or take part in an existing community garden, or join an urban gardening group.